Toyota is giving tech-savvy drivers something to cheer about with a bundle of extras in the three 2017 Camry models, including the mid-level XSE, upper level XLE and the XLE hybrid, all without a change in last year’s price. Starting at $23,905, all models include Qi wireless phone charging and the XSE and XLE come equipped with the manufacturer’s Entune infotainment and navigation screen and JBL audio.
Along with amped up technology as standard features, the exterior of the sport models now comes in a metallic blue paint, formerly seen only on the Camry Special Edition. The latest enticement for drivers who are already fans of the Camry will be the added tech perks that come with last year’s price tag.
This midsize sedan comes in luxury and sport trims, but its exterior design has not changed in two years. Automated LED Low and Hi beam headlights are standard on upper trim levels, while the standard lighting for base levels is projector-beam halogens. Heated side mirrors match the paint, which is available in ten colors: Super White, Predawn Gray Mica, Blizzard Pearl, Cosmic Gray Mica, Celestial Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Ruby Flare Pearl, Crème Brulee Mica, Parisian Night Pearl and Blue Streak Metallic.
A power sunroof, rearview camera, an infotainment center and Apple’s Siri Eyes Free with a screen located on the dashboard are standard on the XLE. The interior offers plenty of passenger and cargo space, with spacious legroom and 15.4 cubic feet of cargo storage. Additional gadget storage is available on the console, where a power source is located. Seating is upholstered with leather and is adjustable eight ways on the driver’s side. User-friendly and intuitive controls make it easy to drive and adjust comfort settings.
Standard in the 2017 Camrys are Bluetooth enabled audio and USB ports, a rearview camera and keyless entry. The XLE and XSE trims take it up a level with multimedia, navigation and Qi wireless smartphone charging, compatible with most Androids. A digital display shows warnings, including low tire pressure, through the Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The touchscreen, depending on models, measures either 6.1 inches or seven inches in size.
The base model LE is a four-cylinder, but the new XLE and XSE are available with more powerful V-6 engines. The 3.5-liter engine runs at 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque on a six-speed automatic transmission. With that, acceleration is much more powerful than its four-cylinder counterpart and the hybrid models rank somewhere in-between according to tests. Hybrids top the fuel efficiency ranking with the LE getting 43/39/41 mpg for city/highway/combined and the SE and XLE both at 40/38/40, whereas the V-6 models coming in at 21/30/24 mpg.
For winter conditions, the XLE, only available in front-wheel drive, fairs above average. It comes with all-season tires and will handle well in wet weather and their narrow width help maneuver through snow. Automatic emergency braking is a part of the Pre-Collision System, which gained the Camry a Top Safety Pick raking by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The system includes additional safety features like Auto High Beam, Lane Departure Alert and Dynamic Cruise Control. The XLE also comes equipped with ten airbags, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and security systems.